National Football League
      === Extra Points: Unheralded players could put stamp on SB XLVII ===
 By John McMullen, NFL Editor
 New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - We've spent the two weeks leading up to
 Super Bowl XLVII talking about the quarterbacks, San Francisco's Colin
 Kaepernick and the Ravens' Joe Flacco.
 Two weeks of discussing who's better, Baltimore's Ray Rice or the Niners'
 Frank Gore. A fortnight wondering if the Ravens' Ray Lewis will excel in his
 last NFL game or Ed Reed will capture his first Super Bowl crown in his
 hometown of New Orleans. Or maybe it's Frisco's Randy Moss getting his
 inaugural ring or Patrick Willis outplaying that other No. 52.
 But here's the thing. The names of Timmy Smith, Larry Brown and David Tyree
 are forever etched in NFL lore because of their performance on the big stage.
 It's true great players make great plays when it counts the most but several
 game-changing Super Bowl moments have belonged to the unsung and the
 Here's a look at five under the radar players who could put their stamp on
 things when the 49ers and Ravens finally get it on Sunday:
 1. Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger - Yeah, Kruger led the Ravens in
 sacks this season but with Lewis, Reed and Terrell Suggs headlining the
 Baltimore defense, few talk about him. A key strip sack of Kaepernick might
 change that and be the defining Super Bowl moment people are looking for.
 2. 49ers backup tight end Delanie Walker - Not many reserve tight ends are as
 athletic as Walker, who has the speed and movement skills to beat just about
 every linebacker or strong safety in this league. The problem with Walker is
 drops. He's got the yips but ask Tyree, you only need to catch it once when
 it's the right moment.
 3. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta - When you think about the Baltimore offense,
 it's generally all about verticality and Flacco getting the ball downfield to
 Torrey Smith, the speedster, or Anquan Boldin, who will outphysical just about
 every corner he sees. Conventional wisdom says San Francisco will try to take
 away the deep ball and if they start using bracket coverage over the top, that
 could open the middle of the field for Pitta, the type of tight end who
 understands zone concepts really well and could sit down for a 6-to-10 catch
 4. - 49ers running back LaMichael James - The Niners were lacking a compliment
 to Gore after Kendall Hunter went down with a season-ending Achilles tendon
 injury but the small and speedy James, who is well-versed in the read-option
 attack from his time in college at Oregon, is now a much bigger threat with
 Kaepernick playing in the pistol. In fact, James' speed makes things much
 tougher on the edge for the opposition and a 70-yard run in the Super Bowl
 could turn James into a household name.
 5. 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver - Culliver had a tough week after uttering
 some homophobic remarks on Artie Lange's radio show. No one wants to redeem
 themselves more that the Niners' nickel back and Culliver should get the
 opportunity. Opposing teams generally try to take advantage of him when
 he's on the field so Culliver should get a few opportunities to make the big
 play on defense ala Brown.
 02/03 16:02:15 ET